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Installing SilverStripe

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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Instal Failure

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9 July 2009 at 11:27am Community Member, 7 Posts

Im really gutted as was excited when i stumbled accross silverstripe and hoped it was what i had been looking for. I cant even get it to install though unfortunately :(

I am using a linux server .....

PHP5 installed   OK (PHP version 5.2.6)
GD2 support   OK
XML support   OK
MySQL support   OK
Memory allocated (PHP config option 'memory_limit')   OK (64M)
Check that certain classes haven't been defined by PHP plugins   OK

I get the following warnings....


Is the .htaccess file writeable?   User 'domain2275394' needs to be able to write to this file:

The file is currently owned by 'root'. There is no user-group that contains both the web-server user and the owner of this file. Change the ownership of the file, create a new group, or temporarily make the file writeable by everyone during the install process.


Server software   I can't tell what webserver you are running. Without Apache I can't tell if mod_rewrite is enabled.
mod_rewrite enabled   I can't tell whether mod_rewrite is running. You may need to configure a rewriting rule yourself.

1 - i can create an empty text file, set permissions and refresh and warning for this goes away... however i cant shake number 2. when i go through the install it crashes and i get 500 server error, and then blank pages for /admin etc

I am a designer and so am not too clever on stuff beyond css, but have have managed to install other cms that seemed less user friendly before so im really gutted about this.. can anyone tell me what i need to do? is there specific mod rewrite / .htaccess for this cms?


9 July 2009 at 11:30am Community Member, 7 Posts

can anyone break down the install process a little for me? because 'bung the files on the server and go to your homepage' is cool if it works but when it doesn't retards like me are stuck

thanks in advance to anyone who can help


9 July 2009 at 6:43pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

install it crashes and i get 500 server error, and then blank pages for /admin etc

Can you see what the error message is? Should be in your apache error logs. You may not have mod_rewrite enabled in your apache config


9 July 2009 at 8:35pm Community Member, 7 Posts

i definately have mod rewrite enabled have checked that with hosts.

here's the error log bits, and then what it said once i had tried to resolve it. I might wipe and try install again and try and get you guys to talk me through... if thats ok? im sure this should be soo easy but its bugging out

[Wed Jul 8 22:20:29 2009] [error] [client] FastCGI: server "/var/www/fcgi/php-cgi" stderr: PHP Warning: fileowner() [<a href='function.fileowner'>function.fileowner</a>]: stat failed for /home/ in /home/ on line 414
[Wed Jul 8 22:20:29 2009] [alert] [client] /home/ order not allowed here

[Wed Jul 8 22:43:00 2009] [alert] [client] /home/ order not allowed here


9 July 2009 at 9:11pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Looks like you do not have AllowOveride on though :(


9 July 2009 at 9:39pm Community Member, 7 Posts

what does that mean?

i managed to install cmsms but wasnt impressed by some aspects. i got mod-rewrite working on that for clean urls.... but im very sketchy on knowledge of all this stuff as i am a designer


9 July 2009 at 9:43pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Make sure in your http.conf file (most shared hosts won't let you change this) needs to be AllowOverride All rather then AllowOverride None. See and the last post - you will need to get your host to change this setting for you


9 July 2009 at 10:13pm Community Member, 7 Posts

k thanks i will check on this with my host and then try and re-install, and post progress / questions here.

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